Would it work in the Philippines? What to expect from the Toyota Fortuner mild-hybrid
Joey Deriquito · Sep 20, 2023 10:37 AM
Toyota’s plans to slowly electrify its model lineup are coming together with more information about the possible specifications for the upcoming Toyota Fortuner hybrid being released.
Reports have indicated that the Fortuner hybrid will still use its 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine, but will be combined with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. It won't be considered a full-hybrid vehicle, unlike the Toyota Corolla Cross and Toyota Yaris Cross.
Note that Toyota has not yet released any official specifications for the hybrid Fortuner or the Hilux, but has only released a few vague statements on the new technology to be given to both vehicles.
The hybrid system in the next-generation Toyota Fortuner is expected to consist of three main components.
The first is an integrated generator that replaces the conventional alternator, the second is a 48-volt battery and the third is a DC-to-DC converter.
According to Toyota, the new mild-hybrid system will increase the torque figures of the 2.8-liter diesel engine, while giving it better and smoother off-the-line acceleration in stop-and-go situations.
Regenerative braking will also be available, which can recharge the 48-volt battery and help reduce fuel consumption by around 10 percent.
Already undergoing testing
Toyota is already testing the viability of the hybrid system that will be present in the Fortuner and Hilux internally in its own research and development facilities.
The system is also undergoing testing for off-road use to see if it will withstand harsh conditions in which owners will probably place the vehicles. Testing for towing is also done to see if any components will break in high-stress and high-load situations.
Despite the added electronics, the Fortuner hybrid is still expected to have 700 mm of water-wading capabilities.
We won’t be the first to get it
While having a hybrid Fortuner will be a game changer for Toyota Motor Philippines, we won’t get the new technology first.
The Japanese automaker has announced that the South African and Australian markets will be getting the new technology first, but will later be available in other countries.
Would you go for an electrified Toyota Fortuner?
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